Networking – How to set up Brother MFC 7460DN printer on network


I bought Brother MFC 7460DN and wanted to print things wirelessly. The printer itself does not have Wifi, so I wired it to my router.

Things I have tried:

  • reset the printer's network setting
  • upgraded its firmware
  • updated driver for my computer (I am using a mac, os Yosemite)
  • downloaded BRAdmin Light (provided tool to look for network printers) and tried to find the printer, but no luck
  • tried to look for it using a PC, but still no luck

Seems like the printer itself is not configured to the network correctly, but I might be wrong. I did read the manual, but there were too many useless information and I did not find any solutions. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.


I printed user settings and found that no ip was issue. I did not touch anything, what changes do I need to do?

Here is the information I got:

  • boot method: AUTO
  • ip address:
  • subnet mask
  • gateway
  • wins config:
  • wins server primary
  • wins server secondary
  • DNS Server primary
  • DNS Server secondary
  • APIPA: on
  • ipv6: off
  • ethernet auto

Best Answer

Start by printing out a configuration page, which will tell you the printer's IP address. To print a configuration page, follow the steps below.

  • Press the Menu button.
  • Press 4 for "Print Reports."
  • Press 5 for "User Settings."
  • Press the Start button.

To test it, try pinging the printer. This should work if the printer and mac are on subnets connected by the router.

On the Mac, go to Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Printers & Scanners. If you don't see your printer listed, click the "+" at the bottom of the list. It should now show your printer. It may take a minute or two for your printer to appear. Select your printer when it appears in the list, then click Add. If you see a message prompting you to download new software, make sure to download and install it.